My turn: Make best of wind

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It’s March. And that means a great variety of things to all of us, but the one thing we’ll all be sharing here on the high plains will be high winds. Songs have been written about our legendary wind and our tumbleweeds. I actually decided to move to the other side of the world one […]

Their view: Surroundings are what you make of them

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Jeni Ennis is an Air Force wife and mother of three who writes a weekly column in our military newspaper. This is her latest effort:

McGee: Eastern New Mexico’s high winds make an impression on newcomers

Clovis farmers opening yogurt facility

CNJ staff Clovis dairy farmers Andle and Sjierkje van der Ploeg and family will soon open a yogurt manufacturing facility at Mid Frisian Dairy in Clovis, according to a press release from the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. The van der Ploegs will make “Freanna Original Yoghurt” using a family recipe and milk fresh from their […]

Tornado reports cause for concern

Tornadoes and reports of them make us nervous. That’s because residents in eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle have either experienced the storms’ violence or at least seen the debris remnants that immediately show us their horrific power. AccuWeather.com is warning Americans that today could be ripe for large tornado outbreaks across multiple states […]

Zias fall late, but make LSC tournament

CMI staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University women made a valiant attempt to clinch a Lone Star Conference postseason tournament spot on their own Saturday, only to come up short when Midwestern State ended the game on a 9-2 run for a 64-55 victory. The Zias, though, got the help they […]

State land commissioner visits eastern New Mexico

Tonjia Rolan State Land Commissioner Ray Powell hopes to partner with local officials to make better use of state trust land in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Curry County has 45,640 acres of state trust land, and Roosevelt county has 181,691 acres, according to Land office District Manager Erik Nelson. Cannon Air Force Base leased 11,000 […]

Lawmakers finally make hay in lifting restrictions

Government legislation seldom accomplishes its stated intention. But one bill approved by New Mexico lawmakers this week is certain to make things better for us all — because it relaxes government oversight. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, lifts restrictions on hay hauling. Before Tuesday, oversized […]

Backyard bird count unites bird watchers

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Benna Sayyed Don Hicks hopes to connect with other area birdwatchers when the 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count commences Friday. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an event that calls on birdwatchers from across the U.S. and Canada to make an official count of the of birds in North America. “I bet there are […]

Recycling tips featured on show

Information on recycling old reclaimed doors, working with yarn to make fun accessories, and cooking with onions will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon on Thursday at noon. (All times are Mountain.) Bruce Johnson, spokesperson for Minwax in Upper Saddle River, N.J., is going to show what to […]

Ads make Super Bowl interesting

It’s pretty funny how Americans decided we didn’t have enough major holidays on the calendar so we turned a sporting event into one. I guess the commercialization of the Super Bowl is a lot better thing than the way we commercialize Christmas. But the price of those commercials – wow! I think I heard that […]

My turn: Willie would make good running mate

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I’m running for president on the Green Tea Party ticket. Since we also support Willie Nelson’s Tea Pot Party, I’ve asked him to be my running mate. With Gary Johnson as our campaign manager, our “Tea for Three” platform advocates legalizing partying between consenting liberals, moderates and conservatives—and outlawing stoning old hippies for giving peace […]

Resolving to be more loving

Somewhere in the confusion of passing into 2012, I forgot to make New Year’s resolutions. I suppose these can still be tendered, since we are less than a fortnight into the new year. Perhaps the most appropriate resolutions would center around the broad, yet vital theme of learning to be a more loving person. Love […]

Their view: Make sure to pass on blessings

We all get consumed by everyday life. Sometimes we lose sight of what’s really important. We try to make up for it here and there, never thinking to look at those around us in need. I for one am guilty of this. This year my husband and I were plagued by bad luck. We are […]

My turn: Family get-togethers memorable

By Lonnie Berry: PNT columnist With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, my family, like many others is preparing for a get-together. We are pretty good at having get-togethers. Sometimes they are picnics, sometimes elaborate meals and sometimes just impromptu gatherings. My favorites were always the picnics that we had when I was a kid. Sometimes we […]

Don’t let imperfections ruin life

The imperfections in the world can bring some entertainment. I am glad for that. Unbroken comfort can make you more numb than jumping into that frozen lake with a polar bear club. Recently I enjoyed sitting outside during the dirt storm that hit the area. My young daughter enjoyed it with me. She ran around […]

ENMU briefs — Nov. 1

Federal Reserve presentations Eastern New Mexico University is hosting an event with Federal Reserve representatives. The El Paso branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve will make a series of presentations today at 3 p.m. in Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business building. A reception will be at 4:45 p.m. The topic is Crisis, […]

Federal Reserve officlals plan presentation at ENMU

Officials from the El Paso branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve will make a series of presentations 3 p.m. Wednesday in Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business building at Eastern New Mexico University. A reception will be at 4:45 p.m. The topic will be “Crisis, Recession and Recovery: What’s Next for the Economy?” […]

Thursday morning briefing: Noodles, peanuts and an unsolved murder

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Make a note The annual CHS Wildcat Bands Noodles and Notes Dinner is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 1501 Sycamore. The band performs at 7 p.m. at Leon Williams Stadium. Tickets are adults $5 and children $3 and […]

My turn: Nicknames make all difference

My grandfather could give some really cool nicknames. I don’t know what it was, but he could give you a moniker that you could be kind of proud to have yelled at you in a large crowd. I think it was from his days playing baseball, when many players had colorful and creative nicknames. I […]